By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.  And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. (Hebrews 11:8-12)

It is with sadness that I must announce my departure from the Massachusetts Council of Churches to relocate to the Washington, DC area. I have loved my ministry with you and am sorry that I must leave it behind. I love the work that we have been doing together to make the vibrant church more visible. I loved the times sitting in your churches, greeting you at your denominational meetings, leading workshops, and marching alongside you as we fought for justice and dignity of all of God’s children. My wife was offered and accepted a position in Washington D.C. at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, D.C. Campus.  I have decided to move to DC to support my wife and seek new possibilities.

It has been over four years since I left Brooklyn and, and since Shavonne arrived here from Indiana, and it has been an unbelievable, healthy, and positive experience. We have made lifelong friends, seen lives changed through Jesus Christ, been a part of a growing and thriving ministry, and the list goes on. Our decision to move to D.C.  has nothing do with any discontent at MCC. I love my job here and I love the staff I am privileged to work with all week. We have both loved and felt loved by you all. Our decision to move to D.C.  is a response to what we believe is a clear call from the Lord to move and start a new chapter in our lives. So in this way we join the ranks of our ancestors who listened and believed God and went to another space trusting that the God who started the good work will complete it.  Please hold us in your prayers as we will continue to pray for you.

Gratefully yours,

Rev. Daryl Paul Lobban

PS: Please join us for a farewell lunch (Barbecue!) on Thursday, April 26 at 12 noon.  RSVP to Rev. Meagan or check the Facebook event for more info!

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October 15-18

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Can fundraising be spiritual?  

Is there a way I can engage in fundraising for my church or faith-based institution without feeling "icky"?

Are fundraising practices from the business sector applicable to my organization, or is there something unique about raising money for churches and faith-based organizations?

If you've ever wondered about these questions, the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising is just what you need!  We are excited to partner with our friends at the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving to bring ECRF to Boston this fall!

October 15-18, 2018
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111

Registration is now open for the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving's Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising Course, offered this fall in Boston hosted by the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), a four day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.
Dear Church,

We give thanks for Rev. Daryl’s work among us, and bless him as he departs into this new season of ministry.  As we strive to build a truly expansive council of churches, the outreach work continues. And so, we invite you to prayerfully consider applying to the position of Director of External Relationships at the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  We also ask that you share this job positing with others who may be called to this ministry, knowing that sometimes that little extra nudge from a friend can help. There are many talented and dedicated Christians. We need your help in finding the right person for this ministry in this season. All the relevant information is in the job posting, including timeline and information on how to apply. We invite your prayers through this staff transition and time of discernment. 

With hope,
Rev. Laura      |     (617) 523-2771